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Swinging for England

by JD and the Longfellows

Third album by London band JD and the Longfellows, party songs that will make you drink them under the table and dance them off the floor!
Genre: Folk: Skiffle
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1. Swinging for England
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2. Losers, Cruisers and Dirty Rotten Schmoozers
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3. Why? (Clare Portman, 2011 reissue)
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4. Meteoric Weekend
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5. Drink you under the Table
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6. Destitute's Lament
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7. Rhythm and Soul
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8. Good Time
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9. Old Town Zanzibar
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10. How many Bottles (did I drink the Night that I quit Drinking)?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Album: Swinging for England: JD and the Longfellows

This is the third album from JD and the Longfellows (Confessions, 2006; Happy Hour Again!, 2008). There is lots of information about every song below (some true, some slightly true, some true after a few drinks and some I wish was not true). It tells you what each song is about, who wrote it and played and sang on it and other stuff like that!

Contact: josh@jdandthelongfellows.com

JD and the Longfellows are:

Josh Davis {JD LongFellow}: Vocals, guitar and song-writing
Clare Portman {ShortFellow}: Vocals, guitar, percussion, keyboards and washboard
Gemma Gayner {StringFellow}: Violin, string arrangements and vocals

Supported on this album by:

Greg McDonald {McMulti-InstrumentalistFellow}: Mandolin, harmonica, accordion and vocals
James Boston {FingersFellow}: Piano and keyboards
Harry Perry {DeepNoteFellow}: Bass
Nathan Persad {Dotcomfellow}: Nathanisms, drums and vocals

Engineered by: Chris Mansell

Recorded at the Music Complex, Deptford, SE London

Produced by Josh Davis and Chris Mansell

Photographs and artwork by Ann-Marie Malarkey

1. Swinging for England
2. Losers, Cruisers & Dirty Rotten Schmoozers
3. Why?
4. Meteoric Weekend
5. Drink you under the Table
6. Destitute’s Lament
7. Rhythm & Soul
8. Good Time
9. Old Town Zanzibar
10. How many Bottles (did I drink the night that I quit drinking)?

All songs written by Josh Davis except Track 10 (Kevin Carney)

Track 1: Swinging for England

(An adult take on pass the parcel. When the music stops who will carry your keys?)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

Written soon after the release of the Longfellow’s second album (Happy Hour Again!), Swinging for England has been an ever present live song and the eponymous track of the Longfellows new album. Extolling the merits of the seventies fondue and swinging parties it establishes the current direction of JD’s song-writing - a little bit of sleaze, and a truck full of farce. Featuring a duet between Clare and JD, it includes a standout highly decadent Germanic vocal solo by Clare. No longer just the “thinking man’s drinking band”; JD and the Longfellows promote a new collective musical and living experience for the whole family – except perhaps the children.

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitars: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Violins: Gemma Gayner
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Greg MacDonald, Nathan Persad

Track 2: Losers Cruisers & Dirty Rotten Schmoozers

(A lounge lizard anthem for the girls)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

Another vocal duet by Clare and JD, and again Clare provides a blazing heartfelt solo middle section. Women might suggest this describes a stereotypical night out in a down-market pub, with dreary, annoying men dropping out of the woodwork. In contrast, JD claims it immortalises a successful night out with an obviously willing female companion. Funny how she never called.....

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Accordion: Greg MacDonald
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Greg MacDonald, Nathan Persad

Track 3: Why?

(True angst can only be found in the ice of the heart and a bottle of wine)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

This is the second time the Longfellows have recorded this song. It first appeared on Confessions and sung by Nathan, when previously playing guitar for the band. However, Clare soon started performing this song in her own memorable show-stopping style and the band were always determined it should be recorded again.

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitars: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Greg MacDonald, Nathan Persad

Track 4: Meteoric Weekend

(A rags and riches holiday romance)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

A clandestine love affair? A fleeting holiday romance? Who knows? What we do know is that JD returned with this from Malta, a Mediterranean island with a surprisingly traditional English colonial sseaside attractions, although perhaps not the obligatory stroll along the pier with a stick of rock..

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Greg MacDonald, Nathan Persad

Track 5: Drink you under the Table

(Would anyone dare to challenge the thinking man’s drinking gal?)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

Perhaps written about a pseudo-Clare in late 2010, JD penned this sing-a-long-a-drinking song to rival some of the Longfellows earlier successes. It’s probably not the best representation of Clare as she can get a bit wibbly on half a shandy. However, it might just describe the hard-drinking, heavy-partying Clare that she always aspired to be when she first joined the band. Unfortunately some of us have it, some of us don’t...

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Keyboards: Clare Portman
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Nathan Persad

Track 6: Destitute’s Lament

(The booze cruise generation come of age)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

Tongue in cheek contemplation of the vagaries of the modern booze cruise blockade runner attempting to take advantage of the lower tax rates across the continent for perhaps the staple enjoyments of some people’s lives; - alcohol, cigarettes and jewellery.

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Chet Atkins Countryman Gretsch: Josh Davis
Keyboards: Clare Portman
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Nathan Persad

Track 7: Rhythm and Soul

(Sangrias, mojitos and fiestas in the heat of the Spanish sun)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

A visit to Marbella in Spain inspired this one. The whole town was celebrating an extremely colourful carnival on an exceptionally hot day. Everyone, from ages eight to eighty was dressed in traditional Spanish costume and dancing in the streets. Then after the lull of the siesta all the celebrations moved into the old town to party the night away in the bars hidden away in narrow cobbled alleyways...

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Violin quartet: Gemma Gayner
Keyboards: James Boston
Mandolin: Greg MacDonald
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Nathan Persad

Track 8: To Have a Good Time

(Touring the nation in a charabanc for two)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

The final song written for the album, it absorbs some of the experiences of touring with the Longfellows. Sung by Clare with real gusto, the tours were always superb fun and planned with keen anticipation and the tone of the music is suitably jaunty and in very good spirits. Towards the end however, the lyrics mimic the petty spats between those who got the short straw of driving home and those reading the map, after perhaps a drink too far.

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Chet Atkins Countryman Gretsch electric guitar: Josh Davis
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Piano: James Boston
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis, Clare Portman
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Greg MacDonald, Nathan Persad

Track 9: Old Town Zanzibar

(Can your deepest exotic fantasies come alive?)

Lyrics and Music: Josh Davis

Time:

This track, specifically written with Gemma’s violin in mind has an Eastern European gypsy theme and was inspired by fantastic London Balkan and burlesque dancing clubs. Aligned with the album’s theme, the lyrics describe a night club hostess and dancer with whom JD may or not have had a series of secret assignations. Whatever the truth, she sounds like loads of fun and well out of his league.......

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Chet Atkins Countryman Gretsch: Josh Davis
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Greg MacDonald, Nathan Persad, Clare Portman

Track 10: How Many Bottles did I Drink the Night that I quit Drinking?

(A tale of redemption and forgetfulness on a Sunday morning)

Lyrics and music: Kevin Carney

Time:

Written by former bassist Kevin Carney (Karma Clayfellow) before leaving to return to Canada, this was ever-present in the Longfellows live set until November 2009. The title is a quote made by an acquaintance returning home after a very long lethal night out on the town. Pretty much fitting into the disaster drinking song mode of previous Longfellows releases, this is the song the JD always wished he had written and in fact was challenged by Kevin to see who could first compose a song with this title after the often mentioned acquaintance had provided this absolutely perfect theme.

Drums: Nathan Persad
Bass: Harry Perry
Acoustic Guitar: Josh Davis
Chet Atkins Countryman Gretsch: Josh Davis
Piano: James Boston
Violin: Gemma Gayner
Lead Vocals: Josh Davis
Backing Vocals: Gemma Gayner, Greg MacDonald, Nathan Persad, Clare Portman


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John Roy (Geeksploitation Productions Canada)

Meteroric Album!
I just finished listening to every track in order from the most recent JD and the Longfellows’ album; Swinging for England, and I just fell in love with this Folk Skiffle band all over again! Many bands try to achieve the same Folkie-Irish-Drinking-Song feel and sound forced and pretentious, but from the moment I hit the play button, JD and the Longfellows sound nothing less than genuine. This is their third magnificent album, and doesn’t fail to get you up and dancin’ like their previous gems. With song content including wife swapping, concubines, meteoric weekends and a woman who can drink you under the table every time, the songs beg to be listened to over and over…I hope you get to enjoy them as much as I.